Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Fentanyl Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, & When To Get Help

Are you unsure whether you or your loved one is struggling with fentanyl addiction? Read below to learn how to spot the warning signs.

Understanding Fentanyl Addiction

Learn about fentanyl addiction

Fentanyl is a heavily monitored opioid that is prescribed in the hospital setting for the short-term alleviation of pain resulting from various types of surgeries, injuries, or complications. Because of its potency, fentanyl can also be used when other prescription painkillers are not enough to provide a person with relief as they heal. Like other opioids, fentanyl and its synthetic derivative counterparts which are made illegally and without regulation, cause feelings of elation and euphoria that can result in an addiction to these substances.

The abuse of prescription fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives has grown rapidly in recent years. When an individual uses fentanyl outside of the prescribing doctor’s guidelines, he or she runs the risk of developing a substance use disorder that can be difficult to overcome without professional help. But men and women who use unregulated illegal fentanyl derivatives put themselves at even greater risk of harm because these substances can contain unknown toxic substances.

Left untreated, this kind of opioid abuse will damage physical health and emotional wellbeing, and can even cost an individual his or her life. For these reasons, those individuals who are struggling with a fentanyl use disorder can best be treated in a treatment center that understands the needs of those suffering from a fentanyl dependence.

Statistics

Fentanyl addiction statistics

According to the Cincinnati Inquirer, Cincinnati averages about four overdoses per day, but a report shed light on a shocking new statistic. Recently there were 174 fatal heroin overdoses in a mere 6 days, a tragic situation that overwhelmed emergency response personnel in Cincinnati. Out of these 174 deaths, it came to light that many were the result of use of fentanyl derivatives which are much stronger than heroin. These fentanyl-like substances such as Carfentanil are incredibly dangerous as they are used to tranquilize large animals like elephants, and have proved to be deadly for human use. This loss of life in Cincinnati is but one example of the ways that this new wave of opioid use is wreaking havoc in communities all over the country.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for fentanyl addiction

As with any type of substance abuse, there is no single factor that can signal the onset of a fentanyl or fentanyl derivative addiction. And while each individual is different and has a unique set of experiences, there are some common indicators that may lead one to be more susceptible to developing a fentanyl use disorder. Some of these causes are briefly outlined in the following:

  • Environment: It has been demonstrated that early access to environments where substance abuse is prevalent can contribute to a person developing a chemical dependence later in life. This could be attributed to the fact that this experience may serve to normalize drug and or alcohol abuse.
  • Genetics: Having a family history that includes addiction may result in a person developing addictive behaviors him or herself.
  • Personal traits: There are certain traits that are commonly seen in individuals who suffer from chemical dependence such as risk-taking behavior, impulsivity, thrill-seeking, and co-occurring mental illness.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of fentanyl addiction

When an individual is struggling with the pain of a fentanyl or fentanyl derivative addiction, he or she may exhibit some or all of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Euphoric or depressed mood
  • Anxiety
  • Fixation on securing more of the drug
  • Inability to function in life’s major functions
  • Disinterest in activities one formerly found to be enjoyable
  • Severe cravings for more of the drug
  • Needing to use the drug more often or in larger doses to achieve the same high
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Confusion

Effects

Effects of fentanyl addiction

Without treatment, an individual who abuses fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives will face a host of negative consequences including:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Isolation, loss of relationships
  • Exacerbated pre-existing conditions
  • Legal troubles
  • Loss of child custody
  • Abuse of other illicit substances
  • Contracting diseases such as HIV or hepatitis
  • Difficulty functioning at work, job loss
  • Overdose
  • Death

Withdrawal

Signs, symptoms, and effects of fentanyl withdrawal

Over time, an individual who abuses fentanyl or fentanyl derivatives will develop a tolerance for the drug, and will experience painful symptoms of withdrawal when he or she abruptly ceases his or her drug use. Some of these symptoms include the following:

  • Aches and pains
  • Dilated pupils
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Runny nose
  • Frequent yawning, fatigue
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea

Overdose

Signs, symptoms, and effects of fentanyl overdose

An overdose is the most serious consequence for abusing these types of drugs, and the risk is even higher for those individuals who are abusing fentanyl derivatives due to their unknown content. If you or someone else is exhibiting the following symptoms, it is recommended to seek emergency medical help immediately:

  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Breathing problems
  • Seizures
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sleepiness
  • Poor coordination
  • Cold or clammy skin

Co-Occurring Disorders

Fentanyl addiction and co-occurring disorders

Regardless of which came to light first, substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders often go hand in hand. Individuals who are grappling with an addiction to fentanyl often exhibit symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Other substance use disorders